For decades, Coco Palms Resort has stood deteriorating on Kauai, vacant since it was hit by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Now, it looks like the historic hotel could once again be opening its doors to guests.
Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. says a developer has been working with the community to keep the same footprint while integrating the hotel’s famous past and cultural aspects into the new resort. The plan was outlined at a community meeting Tuesday night.
“It’s very important that we as a community bring Coco Palms back,” Carvalho said. “It resembles so much memories and also people. People remember Coco Palms and its location so I’m very happy with the progress.”
Mayor Carvalho says the developer has a two-year permit for the planning phase and, once approved, construction can begin.
“There are timelines within this period that the developer and everybody has to pull together, so I’m happy with that,” he said. “There’s accountability now, and there is vision and support for bringing Coco Palms back.”